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Coordination Compounds and Ligands

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:32 am
by Nicholas Carpo 1L
Hi so I still don't really understand the importance of coordination compounds and what exactly ligands do. If someone could explain them to me that would be great! Thanks!

Re: Coordination Compounds and Ligands

Posted: Mon Nov 26, 2018 12:20 pm
by Jerome Mercado 2J
Ligands are molecules attached to a central metal atom. It is just like what we have been doing so far in terms of VSEPR and Lewis Structures that mostly consist of covalent bonds. You can imagine that ligands are their own electron density clouds. The bonds form coordination compounds or complexes.